Pharmacist salaries are generally higher at large merchandise stores than at smaller, independent pharmacies, according to US News. The rapid growth combined with greater cash flow allows the larger chain stores to pay higher wages, which results in greater compensation for pharmacists.
Salaries for pharmacists have also grown over the last 50 years thanks to expanded job descriptions, according to CNN. Between 2010 and 2020, career prospects for pharmacists are anticipated to grow by 25 percent. This career is divided almost evenly between men and women professionals and can command salaries as high as $147,350 per year. Geographical factors play a large part in determining salary regardless of the size of the pharmacy.